While many fans are getting frustrated over the status of Kirk Cousins’ contract, saying and tweeting that they need to “pay the man”, there is a key component to the equation that is missing. Kirk Cousins has to want to take the money and it appears that the Redskins have doubts that he will take it.
On NFL Network, NFL Media reporter Steve Wyche talked about what he was told by some who work at Redskins Park. “Everything I’m hearing from the folks in that building is that 'Cousins has made it clear he does not want to be there,'" said Wyche. “He wants to get to San Francisco and play for Kyle Shanahan."
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Wyche also reported that the Redskins are going to focus on bolstering their defense in free agency and in the draft. They want to have a team that can win with defense, its solid offensive line, and a good running game regardless of whether Cousins is behind center or not.
The team’s options with their quarterback are limited. They can make Cousins stay and play under the franchise tag in 2017 but since to tag him for the third time would be prohibitively expensive they likely would lose him for no compensation.
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And if indeed Cousins is dead set on going to San Francisco that severely limits his trade value. Plus if Shanahan and the 49ers really want Cousins they can wait a year and land him with no draft pick or player compensation.
Cousins wanting out of Washington is something that has been making the rounds. What seems to be new here is the notion that the Redskins are now seeing that as cold, hard reality and they are preparing for his departure, whether it is this year or next.